1.  Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612): Jubilate Deo

Australian Chamber Choir
Directed by Douglas Lawrence

Duration: 4:08
Live Recording by Martin Wright, Move Records
Recorded live in concert at Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Middle Park
Sunday 12 November 2017

How does this work relate to the proposed SMitF program?

Although the ACC regularly performs major works for choir and orchestra, the ensemble has earned its reputation primarily for unaccompanied singing of the highest quality. The proposed SMitF program will include well-known master works for unaccompanied choir such as this one.

 

2.  R. Vaughan Williams (1557-1612): Sanctus
from the Mass in G Minor

Australian Chamber Choir
Directed by Douglas Lawrence

Duration: 2:11
Live Recording by Martin Wright, Move Records
Recorded live in concert at The Scots’ Church, Melbourne
Sunday 2 April 2017

 

3.  Tom Henry (born 1971): Return to Earth
from Kakadu ManText by Bill Neidjie

Australian Chamber Choir
Directed by Douglas Lawrence

Duration: 2:24
Live Recording by Marcelo Ohara
Recorded at Saint Germain, Geneva
Sunday 19 July 2015

How does this work relate to the proposed SMitF program?

An important part of the Australian Chamber Choir’s work is as cultural ambassadors for their country. This work was commissioned by Douglas Lawrence. The text by famous aboriginal poet, Bill Neidjie (1920-2002) is used by permission from the Gagudju people. Neidjie played an important role in communicating the history and philosophy of his people to the wider world. The work was sung in 16 concerts in Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and Australia during 2015. The proposed SMitF program will include similarly lively new Australian works.

This ground and this earth,
like brother and mother.

Like your father or brother or mother,
because you born from earth.
You got to come back to earth.

When I die I become earth.
I’ll be buried here.
I’ll be with my brother, my mother.

My spirit has gone back to my country,
my mother.

 

4.  JS Bach (1685–1750): Weg mit allen Schätzen
Verse 4 of the Motet: Jesu meine Freude BWV 227

Australian Chamber Choir
Directed by Douglas Lawrence

Duration: 1:05
Recorded by Martin Wright, Move Records
at Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Middle Park
Recording date: August, 2011

How does this work relate to the proposed SMitF program?

The Motets of JS Bach are among the most complex and challenging in the choral repertoire and from the beginning, have played a key role in the ACC’s programs: “Furchte dich nicht BWV228 a motet by Bach is a favourite by chamber choirs and small professional ensembles and the performance by the Australian Chamber Choir showed them worthy to be considered as world class”. (Alan Holley, ClassikON, 29 August 2017).  A Bach Motet will be included in the ACC’s proposed SMitF program for 2019.

Away with all treasures!
You are my delight,
Jesus my joy!
Away with empty honours,
I will not heed them,
I remain ignorant of them!
Misery, distress, affliction, disgrace, death,
Even if I must endure much suffering
Will not separate me from you.

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